My Approach to Helping
Therapy can be a wonderful way of finding meaning in one's life - as it is now - while still striving to make important changes. My work can be characterized as having a whole-person approach. Thus, I take into account emotional and physical issues, as well as one's culture, spiritual beliefs (whether strong or absent altogether), current life context, and personal goals for treatment. I believe a thoughtful, individualized, and collaborative approach tends to be the most therapeutic.
My areas of interest/expertise include hypnotherapy, imagery, mindfulness, and biofeedback. I enjoy helping people with issues related to managing anxiety and depression, improving relationships, making healthy lifestyle changes, enhancing performance, and gaining greater insight into who they are and want to be.
In addition to the above, I have over 15 years of experience working with people who are medically ill and specialized training in management of chronic pain. As the former Director of Integrative Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, I have extensive knowledge of complementary/alternative medicine therapies and can discuss how these may or may not fit into your plan for healing.
Finally, my affirming, self-hypnosis audio programs and my book "The Everything Guide to Integrative Pain Management," are on iTunes and Amazon.
Please feel free to contact me with additional questions, visit my website (click above), or follow me on Twitter: @DrTraciStein.
More Info About My Practice
Please note, I do not participate in any insurance programs, and am an out-of-network provider. Your insurance company can tell you if any portion of my services would be covered or not.
Please visit my website to learn more about my training and treatment philosophy, find answers to common questions about psychotherapy, as well for suggestions about what to ask your insurance company before beginning psychotherapy.
My Role as a Therapist
I see my role as that of collaborator, educator, and facilitator of change. When someone comes in for a consultation, my aim is to learn more about why they are seeking treatment at this time, what they would like to be different, and how they will know when positive change has happened. Over the course of the therapy, I may point out the things I notice that either help or hinder them in achieving desired goals. So, this is how I see myself collaborating and facilitating. I try to operate from the point of view that the person coming in for treatment is the expert on his or her experience, and that I bring to the work my observations as an objective observer, as well as my clinical knowledge and experience. So, we are partners in this very important process, but our roles and the resources we draw upon are different. In addition, because I really, truly believe that health involves both body and mind, I often will ask what is going on physically, and may make referrals to other types of health care providers or conceptualize what is going on for the patient from a mind-body perspective, rather than a "purely psychological" one.
The people who are most likely to find working with me to be a good fit are motivated to create change and are both ready and willing to do some work to this end.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
It sounds simple, but if you want your life to be different, you MUST be willing to change something - even if that starts with one small or simple thing. Making change requires some courage, as well as understanding that you may experience temporary discomfort along the way. That said, committing to change can help you grow and feel a greater sense of mastery, create healthier relationships, and in general feel more at ease with who you are, as you strive for those things that make your life meaningful. Along the way, you can develop greater self-acceptance, derive more satisfaction from simple things, and possibly even achieve a greater sense of bodily comfort.
At this time, my openings are limited, and my schedule varies, but I have created a series of self-hypnosis and meditative audio programs so that others can practice health-supportive techniques even if we do not work together in person. Each program reflects my philosophy that people really can feel better and create positive change as long as they have some desire to do so and a willingness to do some work. Please feel free to use these on your own or in conjunction with your therapy process. For more information, please visit my website.